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Johnny Majors, legendary college football player and coach, dead at 85

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Johnny Majors, a legendary college football player and coach, has died, the College of Pittsburgh introduced Wednesday. He was 85.

Jackie Sherrill, who labored with Majors at Pittsburgh, additionally confirmed the information of Majors’ passing, in line with the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

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“John Majors, 1935-2020. He led us to our greatest glory and changed Pitt forever. Thank you, Coach. Rest in peace,” the Pittsburgh Panthers tweeted.

Majors was an All-American working again for the Tennessee Volunteers. He performed for the varsity from 1953 to 1956. He misplaced the Heisman Trophy in 1956 to Notre Dame’s Paul Hornung.

Many individuals imagine Majors ought to have received the award as a result of Hornung’s Notre Dame staff was 2-8 at the time. It’s the one time a Heisman has been awarded to a player of a staff with a shedding document.

Majors completed his collegiate profession with two SEC MVP awards in addition to an All-American choice.

He by no means performed within the NFL. He spent one season with the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes earlier than turning his consideration to teaching.

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He bought his first head teaching stint with Iowa State. He coached the Cyclones from 1968 to 1972 and recorded a 24-30-1 document. He misplaced each bowl-game appearances. He then took the Pittsburgh job in 1973.

From 1973 to 1976, Majors was 33-13-1 because the coach of the Panthers. He led Pittsburgh to a nationwide championship and an undefeated in 1976. He parlayed that right into a job with Tennessee.

Johnny Majors in a 1990 file photo at the Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Allsport/Getty Images)

Majors and the Vols received three SEC titles between 1977 and 1992. He was 7-Four in bowl video games throughout that point. He completed his profession at Tennessee with a 116-62-Eight document earlier than getting a second stint at Pittsburgh. He coached Pittsburgh once more from 1993 to 1996 however couldn’t replicate the success he had within the 1970s.

As a coach, he was the Walter Camp Coach of the 12 months, the AFCA Coach of the 12 months, the Sporting Information College Football Coach of the 12 months and the SEC Coach of the 12 months. He additionally coached future NFL greats Reggie White and Tony Dorsett.

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Majors was inducted into the College Football Corridor of Fame in 1987.

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